There is definitely the possibility of running into conflict when registering domains in countries other than your own, particularly if those countries have very strict, unstable or conservative governments. For example, read "The .ly domain space to be considered unsafe", an account of how the domain
vb.ly, a URL shortener, was taken down by the Libyan government.
Our domain ‘vb.ly’ (which was joint
owned by myself and my partner Violet
Blue) was deleted by NIC.ly without
warning or notice on or around
September 23rd 2010. We were
subsequently told that our domain has
been removed to us being “in clear
violation of NIC rules and
regulations” relating to “text
referring to adult content and
offensive imagery from [our] main
The regulations for .ly domains are
from the fact that we contest that any
adult content or offensive imagery
exists on the site (vb.ly is a url
shortener), what is more concerning is
that there does not appear to be any
regulation(s) written on that page
that actually pertains to the
violation notice we were given.
In other words we felt that the NIC.ly
registry was claiming it has deleted
our domain for infringements that do
not actually form any part of their
Furthermore, Libyan domains shorter than 4 characters can no longer be registered by foreigners. For the time being, existing registrations are allowed to be renewed, but it is unknown how long that will last even.
This example just applies to Libya, but illustrates the point that any government could potentially start arbitrarily deleting domains registered under their TLD, without notice. I would take extreme caution registering domains in a country other than your own, particularly if it is politically unstable.
Even registering a domain under the
.com TLD isn't necessarily safe though. The US Government has recently been taking down various websites for alleged copyright infringement, despite many of the sites not actually hosting any infringing content.